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Business

Course description 

The Business Studies Department is committed to providing a learning experience to assist students achieve their full potential through subjects that develop their future work-related needs. The emphasis throughout KS4 is to:

  1. Contextualise learning through the use of real-life situations and problem-solving scenarios.
  2. Develop students’ skills ready for the workplace, which in turn will contribute to their economic well-being as a consumer and producer.
  3. To help students acquire a range of skills, including decision-making, problem-solving, innovation, risk-taking and leadership in a modern entrepreneurial society.
  4. Make learning enjoyable!

All classes are mixed ability.

Key Stage 3 

Business options are only studied at KS4 and College.

Key Stage 4 

Currently, the provision for Business at KS4 is the BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award (NQF).

Through this qualification, learners will develop knowledge and skills relevant to the business world through practical learning. They will begin to understand a range of business specialisms through investigating different functions of business. Learners will develop communication, planning and team-working as a feature of classroom practice and activity. ICT forms an essential part of portfolio writing and is a vital skill to success in this area.

Learners will study four units of work. There are two core units that are compulsory: “Enterprise in the Business World” and “Finance for Business”. There are a further two optional units to be completed, likely to be: “Recruitment, Selection and Employment” and “Promoting a Brand”. Three of these four units will be in the form of written portfolios which learners develop in the classroom under supervision and guidance.

One unit is assessed by external test (done on-line) – this is the “Finance for Business” unit. The other three units are assessed by portfolio (coursework) and marked by your tutor. The assessment goes through a rigorous quality assurance procedure to meet exam board requirements.

After successfully completing a Level 2 course, student can choose GCE ‘A’ Business (Level 3), investigate ‘Apprenticeships’ at Level 2 or 3 at local Colleges in a range of vocational areas.

From 2017, the provision will change to GCSE Business Studies (AQA). This will be a brand new specification.

Learners will consider the practical application of business concepts. The units provide opportunities to explore theories and concepts in the most relevant way, through the context of events in the business and economic world. The knowledge and skills gained from this specification will provide your students with a firm foundation for further study.Learners will study six units that comprise the qualification.

  1. Business in the real world
    The purpose of business activity, the role of business enterprise and entrepreneurship, and the dynamic nature of business. Learners need to be aware of the impact business in the real world has on the four functional areas of business: business operations, human resources, marketing, finance. Influences on business
     
  2. The importance of external influences on business and how businesses change in response to these influences. Learners will need to be aware of the impact influences on business have on the four functional areas of business mentioned in 1.
     
  3. Business operations
    Learners should understand the independent nature of business operations, human resources, marketing and finance. Learners should be able to give examples of how business objectives would be split into functional plans with clear links throughout, what business operations involve, their role within the production of goods and the provision of services, and how they influence business activity.
     
  4. Human resources
    Learners should understand the independent nature of business operations, human resources,marketing and finance. Learners should be able to give examples of how business objectives would be split into functional plans with clear links throughout, the purpose of human resources, its role within business and how it influences business activity.
     
  5. Marketing
    Learners should understand the independent nature of business operations, human resources, marketing and finance. Students should be able to give examples of how business objectives would be split into functional plans with clear links throughout, the purpose of marketing, its role within business and how it influences business activity.
     
  6. Finance
    Learners should understand the independent nature of business operations, human resources, marketing and finance. Learners should be able to give examples of how business objectives would be split into functional plans with clear links throughout, the purpose of the finance function, its role within business and how it influences business activity.